The First 10 Steps to Running Success #1

Our resident running expert Devon Coetzee has put together 10 great points of consideration on your journey to becoming a better runner. We will release 2 posts a week so check back in for more great insights! 

The First 10 Steps to Running Success – By Devon Coetzee

Running is by far the most widely practiced recreational exercise due to its simplicity. All you need is a pair of shoes and off you go. But it’s not that easy since most people can’t quite grasp the “go” part. For some, it’s a lack of motivation, others a lack of confidence. But for most, hitting the roads or trails lingers just beyond reality because they just don’t know how to do it.

Running is a mental activity. It requires emotional, motivated and educated thinking that filters its way to the physical demands. A fit body is a useless tool without the right attitude. This is why I have compiled a list of the ten most important concepts that you need to understand in order to start running. Whether your ambition is to become an Olympic marathon runner, or just a social club runner, these tips will provide you with that much needed confidence boost and head start.

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#1 Run for the Right Reasons

Many people run for one reason; weight loss. Although running is a great way to burn those stubborn calories, this should be seen as an added benefit on top of what running really has to offer. Until you understand the true enjoyment of running, every time you head out will seem like a chore. This is not sustainable as you will eventually lose interest and revert back to the comfort of your couch.

Running is a great way to explore. Exploration of a neighborhood or forest by foot is the best way to really interact with your environment. But running offers a different kind of exploration; it allows you to understand who you are and what makes you tick. Running is one of the very few activities that allows you to experience the ultimate high followed by a heavy-trodden low. It is during these times that you find out who you really are. I have always believed that “when the going gets tough, the tough get running”.

So whether you are running in search of that personal best or to escape the realities of a ‘nine-to-five’ desk job, the important thing is that you are running for yourself and not anyone else.

By Devon Coetzee

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